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Lawfare Against Trump Is Running Out of Gas

Posted on Tuesday, January 16, 2024
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We should dispense with the tired narrative that four conscientious state and federal prosecutors—independently and without contact with the Biden White House or the radical Democrats in Congress—all came to the same disinterested conclusions that Donald Trump should be indicted for various crimes and put on trial during the campaign season of 2024.

The prosecutors began accelerating their indictments only once Trump started to lead incumbent Joe Biden by sizable margins in head-to-head polls. Moreover, had Trump not run for the presidency, or had he been of the same party as most of the four prosecutors, he would have never been indicted by any of them.

Yet now they are in a doom loop of discovering that the more they seek to rush to judgment before the election and gag Trump from speaking publicly about these star-chamber proceedings, the more he rises in the polls.

In truth, each succeeding cycle of corrupt leftwing lawfare that ends in failure—the Russian collusion hoax, the weaponized first impeachment, trying ex-president Trump in the Senate as a private citizen, the laptop disinformation set-up, the Alfa bank ping caper, the pathetic attempt to erase Trump from state ballots, and the unfolding Fani Willis moral debacle—does not return things to zero.

Rather, they serve as force multipliers for each other. Each overreach geometrically increases the dangers to democracy, ever more turns the public off, and ironically cascades sympathy and poll numbers for the very target of their paranoias.

Some of the prosecutors have colluded with White House lawyers and congressional liaisons. Some had run for office, offering campaign promises to get Trump convicted for something or other.

Now, after years of delays and dead ends, all four are rushing to synchronize their trial dates to ensure that the front-running Trump is on the docket daily and not out on the 2024 campaign trail.

Do we recall when leftist legal eagles claimed that of all the iffy Trump indictments, Georgia prosecutor Fani Willis had the best case against Trump?

The phone call, we were told, was proof of “election interference.” It was Willis who got the first Trump “mug shot.” It was Willis, we were assured, who got Trump with the goods on tape, begging election officials to “find” the requisite missing votes that would prove his victory (note that he did not say “invent” the votes but to look for a supposedly existing trove of them).

And now Willis’s signature case is in shambles.

We learn, allegedly, that 1) Willis hired her stealth boyfriend Nathan Wade as a special counsel, the day before he filed for divorce (whose records were then mysteriously sealed by the court); 2) that Wade so far has received over $650,000 as special counsel, reportedly including a miraculous ability to charge for 24 hours of continuous legal service in a single day; 3) that Willis and Wade allegedly have used her greenlighted windfall to him to go on a number of pricey junkets and cruises; 4) that to try an ex-president and the leading candidate in the 2024 presidential election, Willis picked Wade who had never tried a single felony case and was previously a “personal injury/accident” lawyer; 5) that the supposedly apolitical Willis had consulted with the January 6 partisan congressional special committee, while Wade had met for marathon meetings with the Biden White House legal counsel (and apparently billed Georgia taxpayers for receiving such federal tutorials).

The legal community’s initial dismissal of this sordid prosecutor’s office is reminiscent of the immediate efforts to downplay Claudine Gay’s plagiarism. But the charade will eventually end the same way, in this case with the resignation and likely indictment of the prosecutor, along with her boyfriend, who concocted quite a scheme at the expense of the taxpayers. Both have made a mockery of their indictment of an ex-president and, if the allegations are true, will be disbarred and prosecuted.

The other three indictments are even weaker. Alvin Bragg claims that Donald Trump’s efforts a near decade ago to enact nondisclosure agreements and payments to remain silent about embarrassing behavior constituted “campaign finance violations.”

If so, what then defines campaign violations when Ms. Clinton brazenly destroyed nearly 30,000 subpoenaed campaign-era emails, ordered subpoenaed communication devices smashed, illegally hired a foreign national to find dirt on a campaign rival, and used three paywalls to hide her hush payments to British subject Steele to concoct a smear dossier—with help from Russian sources—to destroy her 2016 rival?

Letitia James, apparently for the first time in New York history, believes a bank was somehow wronged when its seasoned auditors viewed Trump’s assets, approved a loan to him, profited from his timely payments of interest and principles, and lodged no complaints against Trump or his company.

James apparently believes that Donald Trump is the first and most egregious real estate baron in New York history who inflated the value of his holdings. Her indictments thus supposedly have nothing to do with a left-wing political activist who ran for attorney general on promises to get Trump.

As far as Jack Smith, he supposedly was to be focused on Trump’s removal of classified presidential files to an insecure location at his Mar-a-Lago home and Trump’s “insurrectionary” actions on January 6. But he seems way beyond that now and is trying to put a gag order on the presidential frontrunner and to ensure Trump is in court during the 2024 campaign—challenging the very administration that appointed Smith in the first place.

In truth, Trump was the first ex-president in history to be indicted for a dispute with archivists over the status and security of removed classified files. Such disagreements were historically adjudicated bureaucratically rather than criminally, and certainly not with performance-art FBI swat raids into an ex-presidential residence.

Moreover, true insurrectionists do not instruct protestors to assemble peacefully and patriotically. Insurrectionists themselves do not try to overthrow governments while unarmed and accompanied by bare-chested buffoons with cow horns and slow-moving septuagenarians draped in American flags. And during an “insurrection,” unarmed “rebels” are usually not invited into the government quarters by supposed government doormen, among them perhaps 150-200 FBI informants. They are usually not shot and killed for the crime of entering a broken window while unarmed. And governments need not lie about the violence of insurrectionaries if they are truly insurrectionists.

Jack Smith’s problem—aside from his similar previous effort as special counsel to bankrupt and destroy the life and career of former Virginia governor Bob McDonald, a conviction overturned 9-0 by the Supreme Court—is that his indictments are so asymmetrical as to be surreal.

If the Department of Justice really wishes to prosecute insurrection, then it should concentrate on 120 days of arson, looting, killing, and violent protests that destroyed $2 billion in property, led to over 35 deaths, injured 1,500 law enforcement officers, and saw a federal courthouse, a police precinct, and a historic church torched by protestors, months of violent chaos planned and orchestrated by Antifa and Black Lives Matter, and enabled by leftwing inert mayors and governors.

The future Vice President of the United States, Kamala Harris, sought to organize bail for violent rioters. She boasted on television that the protests would not stop, should not stop, and would continue beyond the 2020 elections. Could she have at least suggested to the rioters to protest “peacefully and patriotically?” And just last week, President Biden praised that months-long violent summer of looting, violence, arson, and destruction, calling it “the historic movement for justice in the summer of 2020.”

Or Smith could investigate the well-orchestrated and increasingly violent pro-Hamas rallies. These are “insurrections” that have stormed the California legislature, occupied the Capitol rotunda, defaced and defiled iconic federal monuments and cemeteries, shut down key bridges and freeways, attacked law enforcement, and led to violence and assaults.

If Trump is guilty of removing files that he had the statutory right as president to formally declassify, then what was senator and subsequent Vice President Joe Biden guilty of when he stealthily and unlawfully removed hundreds of files, kept the removals secret (until his administration went after Trump for the same offense), and sloppily stored them in his insecure garage?

At each juncture of these extra-legal efforts, past precedents, former customs, and accepted traditions are being destroyed by the Left, whose endless miscarriages of justice are the real threats to constitutional government. And the more impotent these serial and unending gambits become, the more strident and desperate they appear.

Reprinted with permission from American Greatness by Victor Davis Hanson.

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PaulE
PaulE
1 month ago

None of the cases against President Trump are based on valid constitutional law. Even Alan Dershowitz, a life-long Democrat and someone who says he will still vote for Joe Biden in 2024, says none of these cases have any legal merit and are simply about trying to keep Trump from being re-elected. Yes, he admits all the cases against Trump have no legal merit and are purely politically motivated, but that he will still vote for Joe Biden because he is the Democrat on the ticket. So, you can see the disconnect in logical thinking even in someone like Dershowitz.

Lawfare, as it is practiced in every other socialist or Marxist country around the world, is NOT about any actual crime or misdeed. It is solely about punishing the political opposition to the regime in power by using the pretense of a judicial proceeding to either keep the opposition off the ballot or imprison the opposition to silence them.

David
David
1 month ago

Trump showed America just what would happen if a candidate actually loved America and made it first without being controlled by the deep state and the military defense machine and lobbyist. Those in Washington like it just the way it is screwed up and now controlled by communist Democrats. oh you can think the Republicans are in the majority, but they sure don’t act like it. They’re too busy catering and kissing their behind’s of communist Democrats and the far left. The problem is these traders cannot compete with Donald Trump and the way he wants to run things which is the right way. That’s why they are crying like a little girl all the time because they are nothing but empty suits walking around. 

George H
George H
1 month ago

The Socialist Democrats are so desperate to prevent President Trump from running for, and winning the Presidency that they will resort to any illegal and unlawful activity to prevent the inevitable! Of course, every feeble attempt that they make, backfires and President Trumps polling numbers increase! I only hope that the legal profession does the right thing and bring these people up on charges, and withdraw their law licenses, permanently!

Jim
Jim
1 month ago

This was a very well thought out synopsis of what has been happening to President Trump.

jimm
jimm
1 month ago

Sleazeball radical liberals have been persecuting Trump for 8 years. Like Antaeus, Trump rises up stronger each time they knock him down. A rational person would get the picture. Leave Trump alone because you are making it worse. They aren’t getting the message. Trump will be their undoing. For all the talk about “insurrections” and “white supremacists”, etc…it is the extreme radical wing of the democrat party that is the biggest threat to U.S. “democracy”.

Janet Williams
Janet Williams
1 month ago

You are spot on on all of these incidents!!!

Tim
Tim
1 month ago

Outstanding summary!!

Pam
Pam
1 month ago

Fabulous article. Right on point!

Shirley
Shirley
1 month ago

Well said and spot lights how ridiculous the lack of action and prosecution democrats put forth when it seems to benefit their agendas. I have always questioned why the looters and rioters are never punished when they destroy billions of dollars in property, cause the death of 35 people, steal millions for their benefit(otherwise why break into stores and steal if not for their own benefit and profit). They go free yet someone with no food or shelter goes to prison for stealing a piece of steak from the store? And to have political figures like Kamala Harris and Idiot Biden applaud these actions. And then go on to be elected president and vice president? It’s not what has our country become …ITS WHAT HAVE THE PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTRY BECOME? Hopefully now with the current state of our country being messed up as it is and how other nations now see us as weak and laughable people will realize what a horrible mistake was made by voting these two ??????? into office. THINK ABOUT HOW GREAT ECONOMICALLY AND FREE WE WERE IN AMERICA BEFORE.

Walt Le Couteur
Walt Le Couteur
1 month ago

The real insurrection is the left overriding the voters by importing illegal aliens and taking the election to the court rather than to the legal citizens.

Donna
Donna
1 month ago

Victor Davis Hanson is a gift from God for such a time as this. DJT would be wise to add VDH to his legal team as a consultant.

Donald Hart
Donald Hart
1 month ago

This nation is doomed if this travesty of injustices towards Donald Trump and conservatives is allowed to continue. To turn a blind eye to this crap by our so called justice system and legal system is just plain evil God bless Trump and God bless America !

GTPatriot
GTPatriot
1 month ago

I appreciate this sensible explanation of Trumps legal issues. What is a much larger travesty is that no one was held accountable for the Russia Hoax against Trump which consumed CNN for 2 1/2 years, that Trump was declared guilty for making a call to Zelenski in order to find out about Hunter’s presence on the board of Berisma, and thatTrump was condemned for the Jan 6 non-event. The deep state can tolerate only those in”power” that they can control and Trump is the only one they cannot. Their reaction to Trump tells us that every president before Trump plus Biden are tools of the deep state.
The deep state exists to increase your taxes more than the cost of living every year and to spend it on their various “victimhood” programs. As long as you have a higher standardof living than the poor you are guilty

Cindy B
Cindy B
1 month ago

The ruthless, morally deficit left will go to any lengths to “get Trump”. VDH laid it all out very well here.

David Millikan
David Millikan
1 month ago

Excellent article. It shows how scared and desperate the democrats are cause they know they can’t beat President Trump fair and square.

anna hubert
anna hubert
1 month ago

Out of gas maybe Out of hot air never They’ll keep on blowing it as long as it takes to keep him out of the arena This behavior is not only accepted but now expected The bottom of the swamp is what we have now

T.Hamm
T.Hamm
1 month ago

It is unbelievable how some people can’t see beyond their hatred for a man to see how unrealistic the charges against DJT are. OOOOHHH!! the hypocrisy of the Democrats.

Mary Lu
Mary Lu
1 month ago

Thank you, VDH for your brilliant summary!

carl
carl
1 month ago

good thing trump is a billionaire
trump legal bills over $100 million and counting

Kim
Kim
1 month ago

Great article by Dr. Hanson. Laid out this way, it’s hard to tell if this collection of events is a tragedy or a comedy. It depends on perspective, but I can’t imagine any of these charges against President Trump could result in conviction…in a just and fair world.
Congress and the courts must make sure the hateful schemers are themselves brought to trial. If they aren’t, this sort of nonsense will never go away and the deepening rifts within our society will slice the country in two.

Melinda
Melinda
1 month ago

Nice summation, VDH. These prosecutors think they are smarter than everyone else, but they are outsmarting themselves. I hope they are outed but good. Even if not prosecuted themselves their reputations should be shattered. If only the media would report accurately.

Stephen Russell
Stephen Russell
1 month ago

DROP THE CHARGES

Gallaghers
Gallaghers
1 month ago

Wow.

Bruce
Bruce
1 month ago

Encouraging news for true Americans. Lots of “I told you so ” fuel coming for some of us “conspiracy theorists”. The only prison Trump will ever see is if he takes up prison reform some day and tours one. Mark my words.

Robert Zuccaro
Robert Zuccaro
1 month ago

Aw, come on, AMAC! Lay off the Georgia prosecutor! Don’t you know catching an African-American committing a crime is racist? And the fact she’s a woman is misogyny as well. [Sarcasm] [Funny how NOW they know what a woman is!]

Gil
Gil
1 month ago

Well written…let’s hope Trump is re-elected.

Bobbie Duke
Bobbie Duke
1 month ago

News to the phoney ag’s we people who love freedom and America, will vote for Trump , if he is in jail, or not! Every thing the demon crats have tried to shove down our throats, needs to be vilified and stopped. We love the United States too much to let the demoncrats destroy. what our fore fathers and families, have given their lives for.

Gabe Hanzeli kent wa
Gabe Hanzeli kent wa
1 month ago

Once again trump is proving that he is correct and the dmeocrats are corrupt sleazy scum.

I hope he gets to put every single one of them in prison.

Paul
Paul
1 month ago

The leftist Radicals have been gunning for Trump since 2016.
Isn’t about time the public realize this is a Witch Hunt.
Nothing has been proven against former President Trump.
Trump 2024! He will be on the ballots!
Conservatives will prevail!

Steven Alton
Steven Alton
1 month ago

This is a good summation of this whole situation and it has done the democrats no good

Doug
Doug
1 month ago

Good afternoon, Mr. Hanson and AMAC:
Thank you for researching and writing this article!! I am so “sick and tired” of watching ALL Democrats, RINO’s and most of the media ‘do everything possible’ to attack and destroy former President Trump!! These forementioned people are just EVIL and only care about their own selfish interests. PLEASE keep researching and publishing articles exposing the EVIL thoughts and actions of Democrats, RINO’s and most of the media. Thank you!

Garyk
Garyk
1 month ago

Everybody know that the marxist democrat party lies have been exposed and their made up, make believe propaganda against President Trump is going nowhere.
Anybody who still supports ANY marxist democrat has a serious problem with reality.
EVERYTHING the traitorous democrats have fabricated is known as weak minded, salacious BS!
THROW THEM OUT so their hatred and destruction of OUR COUNTRY ends. Prosecute every person who participated including the fbi,Cia and useless bureaucrats!

michaelR
michaelR
1 month ago

What has given social legs to ANY of the indictments against Trump has been the same thing since Trump was elected. It’s the one sided reporting by the far left lame stream fake news media. They call NO ONE else out while wiping the lying lefts posterior. News papers, TV and any form of media,…..all the same.

marty
marty
1 month ago

Great article Mr. Hanson ! Seems they forgot jay-walking in NYC, that’s about the only thing they’ll lock you up for. Ha!

Randall L. Beatty
Randall L. Beatty
1 month ago

What is happening to Trump is that they will do anything to keep him from running for president talk about dishonest people and they represent our government what a shame I would never vote for Biden he is no leader and age well with him he shows his age he cannot run this country and his VP she knows nothing. Those that vote for Biden just because they are a Dem they should care what is happening in this country but most do not care because Biden is no leader just look what is happening at the border he cares nothing about what is coming into this country or the cost to take care of these people all the blue states want them there as long as the voters fit the bill for them.What a sad time for this country.

NIcholas Elder
NIcholas Elder
1 month ago

It is difficult to control one’s emotions while reading this and reflecting on the total disregard of our constitution, legal precedence and integrity by the Democratic Party! Truly shameful and disgusting!

Terry K Hurlburt
Terry K Hurlburt
1 month ago

The legal onslaught against Trump is led by both Democrats and Rino Republicans that subscribe to the NEW WORLD ORDER. One Global Government and it won’t be America but China. They feel that Trump is in their way. What they don’t understand is that Trump discovered us, we didn’t go looking for him. He caught on to what we were thinking and carried the ball for us. If we let them get Trump, there will never be another Republican President as long as there is an America.

BillBoy Baggins
BillBoy Baggins
1 month ago

about (alleged) embarrassing behavior . . .

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